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AmcmurryFreedom Wrote: I thought the issue was marijuana not hamburgers, alcohol, tobacco, Snickers or any other "Things" you alter the main point with. I produced credible links to studies and shown where you may search additional information, but you choose to make a mockery of the science and have already made up your minds that smoking marijuana is the cure all for mankind. If you really believe that than don't waste your time arguing the science, go forth and promote smoking whatever you want. I gave you help and you refuse, so there's nothing else for me to do. Smoke all the dope you want, of course where and when it becomes legal.Wow. Okay. Let's look at one of your links then.
There will come a time where even the best intention of unknowingly consuming a drug will end with you seeking a professional for help. I was just hoping to speed that up before the worse happens. So, please don't waste our time with frivolous comparing of other substances when the issue is "MARIJUANA". Get it!
Remember the TV advertisement many years ago with the eggs frying in the skillet and the narrator saying, "This is your brain on drugs". I still laugh at the humor in it, although it is pretty close to the truth. Funny and sad at the same time.
Here are some exerts:
Compared to other substances, marijuana is not very addicting. It is estimated that 32% of tobacco users will become addicted, 23% of heroin users, 17% of cocaine users, and 15% of alcohol users. Cocaine and heroin are more physically harmful and nicotine is much more addictive. It is much harder to quit smoking cigarettes than it is to quit smoking pot.
Here's another from the same article:
So, to wrap up, is marijuana addictive? For most people, no. About 10% of recreational users will develop problems serve enough to impair their work and relationships. Many more will come to depend on pot for relaxation and social purposes. This will be problematic if they don't learn more effective coping mechanisms and come to rely on marijuana instead of solving their problems. When ready, most people will be able to quit with only mild withdrawal symptoms. And, compared to other recreational drugs, marijuana is relatively harmless. But, it is not completely harmless. And...what is more serious than its addictive consequences are the legal ones. This relatively harmless herbal plant is unregulated and illegal in the U.S.
That last paragraph is basically saying that it is potentially habitually addictive in about 10% of people, if they possess little to no self discipline. Same is true for hamburgers and lattes and lottery tickets, just as I outlined before.
And both say that the addictive qualities are benign. Look, no one is saying that marijuana will cure the world of all it's ails, or that its a miracle drug with zero side effects whatsoever. If that is what you heard, you simply misunderstood. The point is that nothing out there comes with zero side effects. But on the scale of the worst drug in the world and the healthiest thing you could possibly consume, marijuana is far closer to the latter. How can you argue with zero deaths AND the points in this article, that you yourself cited that says in very plain English: "So, to wrap up, is marijuana addictive? For most people, no."